USC, seeking to reduce major sanctions that could significantly hinder its football program, filed an appeal with the NCAA on Friday requesting that its Infractions Appeals Committee "overturn certain findings" and reduce other penalties.
The NCAA, after a four-year investigation that centered on former Trojans running back Reggie Bush and former basketball player O.J. Mayo, this month slapped USC with sanctions that included a two-year ban from bowl games and the loss of 30 football scholarships over three years. It also ordered victories vacated and put the Trojans on probation for four years.
USC will not fight the bowl ban for the 2010 season but is asking that the ban be reduced to one year and that the loss of scholarships be reduced to five per year over three years.
"The university recognizes that violations of NCAA rules did occur, especially involving impermissible benefits going to student-athletes as well as their friends and families, from unscrupulous sports agents and sports marketers," Todd Dickey, USC's senior vice president of administration, said in a statement on the school's website.